‘The Cat’s Whiskers’ Suite (for Acoustic Steel String Guitar) is a new work by Roland Chadwick rooted in Anglo/American Folk traditions built to Classical proportions.
The 5 pieces of this suite were written over a 20-year period in Australia, the USA and England and have individually been a mainstay of Roland’s live set but now have been brought together as a major concert work.
The first piece, ‘The Cat’s Whiskers’ began life as an idea in Sydney in 1996 and was completed only in 2012. It begins with a vividly improvised and free introduction, which eventually gives way to the main energetic idea of the piece, which is in turn developed in a Rondo form until it reaches it’s climax and it’s ultimate fulfilment. For all that it’s a piece of high excitement and wonderful entertainment.